More than 1,100 graduates expected to participate in exercises at PNC Bank Arts Center

PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.  – United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be the keynote speaker at Monmouth University’s spring commencement ceremony and will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree on Friday, May 13, at 12:30 p.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. 

More than 1,100 graduates, 30 percent of whom are receiving master’s or doctoral degrees, are expected to participate in the ceremony.

“I am delighted to welcome Secretary Foxx to this important milestone for our graduating students,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown. “His insights into the ways that transportation infrastructure can inadvertently divide, rather than connect, the people and communities they are designed to serve, and his advocacy for transportation as an engine of economic opportunity, are important issues for our nation, and especially for the greater New York metropolitan region. 

“Safe and reliable transportation is about much more than moving between two points, it affects the quality of life and the quality of our environment. Secretary Foxx has brought a unique perspective to the charter of his office,” Brown said.

Secretary Foxx leads an agency that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world for this and future generations. During his tenure, Secretary Foxx has leveraged the resources of the Department to connect communities to economic opportunity while encouraging land use planners, engineers, and decision-makers to revitalize and reconnect underserved communities.

Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as mayor of Charlotte, N.C., from 2009 to 2013.  As mayor, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts.

Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice.  He also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.

He received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College.